The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals by the score of 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The game was played at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Rafael Montero started for the Mets and pitched ok and the bullpen pitched pretty well. Lucas Duda had a couple of hits to lead the Mets offense.
Montero pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up four hits and no runs with a walk and three strikeouts. Pedro Feliciano faced one batter and retired him, Jeurys Familia pitched an inning giving up a hit and struck out two and Josh Edgin pitched an inning giving up two hits and an unearned run. He walked one and struck out two and picked up the win, Robert Carson pitched an inning giving up a hit and Brandon Lyon pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and picking up the save.
Colin Cowgill had a hit, Andrew Brown had a hit and Marlon Byrd had a hit. Ike Davis had a hit, John Buck drew a walk and Travis d’Arnaud had a hit and an RBI. Duda had two hits and an RBI, Zach Lutz had an RBI and Ruben Tejada drew a walk. Byrd hit a double and Duda hit a homerun. The Mets were 1-3 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Lutz and Tejada each committed an error.
Gio Gonzalez started for the Nationals pitching six innings giving up four hits and a run with a walk and three strikeouts. Drew Storen took the loss pitching an inning giving up a hit and a run with a walk and two strikeouts and Zach Duke pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout.
Roger Bernadina drew a walk, Danny Espinosa had a hit and Francisco Soriano had a hit and an RBI. Justin Bloxom drew a walk, Chad Tracy had three hits and Carlos Rivero had a hit. Steve Lombardozzi had a hit, Micah Owings had a hit and Jimmy Van Ostrand had a hit. Tracy and Rivero each hit a double and the Nationals were 0-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. Soriano committed an error and Burns committed an outfield assist.
Lutz hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Nationals tied the game at one in the seventh and the Mets regained the lead in the seventh. Soriano hit a sacrifice fly and Duda hit a solo homerun. The Mets scored the final run of the game in the eighth to make it 3-1. d’Arnaud hit an RBI single.
The Mets improved their record to 11-11 and the Nationals record dropped to 11-14. The Mets will play a split squad at St. Louis and home against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon and the Nationals will play home against the Atlanta Braves.